Saturday, February 27, 2010

Red Square 7

RED SQUARE 7      oil on canvas    8" x 8"

Rain clouds blowing in from the southwest

Friday, February 26, 2010

Another Cloudy Day

untitled (violet/ochre)   oil on acid-free paper, 8" x 10"

Jackrabbit browsing on the tiny green things appearing out of the sand

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Sunlight Shadows

Sunlight in the front hallway.
Painting at top is 
DREAMER, oil on canvas, 24" x 24"

Geranium and sprouting mum at front door.

New cactus in its new home.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Red Square 6

This painting is in the exhibit opening this Saturday from 6pm to 10pm in Long Beach at Spezzano Gallery.

RED SQUARE 6       oil on canvas         12" x 12"   

Monday, February 22, 2010

JTAG and More Rain

The Joshua Tree Art Gallery in downtown Joshua Tree.
This view shows Steve Rieman's sculpture, paintings by John Luckett, and photos by Karen Florek.

Fred Fulmer brought in a new work to replace one that was sold;  it is 21.5" x 25.5":

And, after a warm sunny week, we are being rained on again.
This was taken about 1/2 hour before sunrise time this morning.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Indigo Shade

Carolina Jasmine coming into bloom on the west side

INDIGO SHADE     oil on canvas       20" x 16"
(finished last night)

Saturday, February 20, 2010


...99.9% of fear is mere superstition and completely unnecessary.
Although we believe fear is essential in order to motivate us
and to keep us safe, it is in fact a poor substitute for
inspiration, knowledge and intuition.

 Michael Neill 

This image is a preview of work exhibited in a group show at Esther Shaw's Spezzano Gallery in Long Beach throught March 13th.  The show includes work by Spelman Downer, Esther Shaw, Paul Metvier and Bob Pece.

BLUE THRESHOLD    oil on canvas    30" x 40"

Artists’ Reception

Saturday, February 27, 2010
6 - 10 PM

Exhibit Open February 18 – March 13
Gallery Hours
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday 4 - 8 PM

The Spezzano Art Gallery, 133 The Promenade N., Suite 109
Long Beach, California                                  714.290.0254

Friday, February 19, 2010

Wind and Clouds

clouds in the east at sunrise, a windy day

monotype printed at 29 Palms Creative Center in December
image is 10.75" x 10.75"

Thursday, February 18, 2010

More February Flowers

bird sounds surround me:  quail calling, doves, finches...

first peach blossom

the rosemary has been blooming all winter

and the Love Rose, whose petals are normally deep red on the inside and pale pink on the outside, is producing a rose that is pink on the inside

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

February Flowers

this morning I went out to photograph the green leaves coming out all over the little peach tree and discovered flower buds about to open...

and then there are the Blanket Flowers, which have been blooming all winter this year...these grew from a drought tolerant wildflower seed mix that I brought from Colorado where they grew at 9000' elevation during the short mountain summers...I didn't know if they would tolerate the heat here, but no problem!  I gave them water once every two months last year...

Saturday, February 13, 2010


The only real valuable thing is intuition
 - Albert Einstein

quoted today by Michael Neill in his Tip of the Day at

just now, the glow before sunrise reflected in the studio windows

Friday, February 12, 2010


just before sunrise this morning

new little painting    oil on canvas 6" x 6"

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Desert Garden

today I planted zuchini seeds and seeds from a small round melon I bought at the Farmers' Market last summer... and lettuce and red chard seeds...none of these will live through a frost, I'm hoping it stays mild...if not I will cover them...

tiny (about 1/4" across) kale sprouts coming up through light mulch from seeds planted just before all the rain

collard greens still producing huge leaves from seeds planted last August...delicious braised with red onions and chicken...the red onion seeds I planted in the fall are doing well, too...the ground is so lovely and damp...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Walk Outside

WALK OUTSIDE      oil on canvas       20" x 16"

I love the way the cloud shadows drape over the mountains on these partly cloudy days....

Sunday, February 7, 2010

JTAG Opens

Lots of visitors on a cold windy evening.  The front windows got steamed up...

Guest with digeridoo, hanging sculpture by Ann Magnusen, metal sculpture by Steve Rieman, and paintings by Diane Best and yours truly:

Artists waiting for documentary artist photo:

Artists holding JTAG Founder Frederick Fulmer
L to R:  David Burnham, Diane Best (behind Fred's head, we had to do another photo), Steve Rieman, John Luckett, Karen Florek and me.

click on  — to see artwork and find links to artists' websites!
(Thanks to Lily Stockman for these artist photos on my camera.)

Saturday, February 6, 2010

To Bakersfield and Back

Driving to Bakersfield yesterday through little rain showers, startled by water in the flats reflecting the mountains.

Before the Opening, owner Extra-ordinaire Don Martin in his 4000 square foot Metro Gallery.  Don has been a leading force in revitalizing the downtown area of Bakersfield.

Big Turnout!

Lily Stockman and Mary-Austin Klein with a Klein painting.

This morning at home,  a piece of rainbow over Goat Mountain

Friday, February 5, 2010

New Gallery in Joshua Tree

The Joshua Tree Art Gallery will be open weekends, 12pm - 5pm,  in February, March & April, showing these artists:

  Diane Best                 Tina Bluefield  
 David Burnham          Karen Florek 
 Frederick Fulmer        John Luckett  
  Ann Magnuson           Steve Rieman 
        Marilyn Szabo

Thursday, February 4, 2010


From Jill Badonsky's creative muse newletter:

Another piece in the Classical Abstraction exhibit of my work at Copal Gallery in Palm Desert this month (Opens today 5-9pm):

RECOLLECTION, oil on canvas, 36" x 60"

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Showing at Copal

Show opens tomorrow in Palm Desert, 5pm - 9pm

WOMEN WITH CREATURE, oil on canvas, 40" x 30"

Tuesday, February 2, 2010